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To rescue a pink dolphin

A River Below
Regissør: Mark Grieco
(Nederland)

The documentary A River Below takes you to the Amazon River to meet the endangered pink river dolphin, inviting reflection on capitalism, market forces and predatory nature.

A River Below is a movie about an endangered, amazing animal from the Amazon: the pink river dolphin. The film is also about the power of images in our world. The exploration of these themes becomes a powerful illustration of everything having to be seen in context; it is a network of relationships – all the way down to the micro level – that causes environmental problems all over the world. A River Below is a thought provoking, as it highlights causal relationships and why it is so complicated to solve environmental problems.

You may never get the chance to see a pink river dolphin. The beautiful and intelligent mammal of the Amazon River is used as a bait for a flounder-like bottomfish called piracatinga, a fish that is popular and that sells well. The popularity of the bottom fish causes the entire fishing community to catch and kill the dolphin to use it as bait, which is well known but largely overlooked.

So what does it take to change the state of affairs and give the dolphin a chance to survive? This question is explored with the help of a scientist who loves dolphins, a charismatic TV personality, and a local fishing community that makes a living from. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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